Opening remarks by Paulla Dove Jennings for the 334th recorded annual Meeting of the Narragansett Indian Tribe, green corn celebration on Saturday, August 8, 2009:
"The Narragansetts and Shinnecocks have been friends for thousands of years. The fire will be lit by the understudy while the Medicine Man is cleansing the circle. (Pause). The Medicine Man says it is good, all is well. The Pipe Ceremony takes place between the Medicine Man and the Chief, (followed by) the Tribal Council and dignitaries (Shinnecock and Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council chairpersons). In our Nation, the pipe holder and stem are kept separate until the pipe is used. It is very sacred. It is lit by the Medicine Man in Training, John Brown. The Medicine Man (Lloyd Wilcox), John's uncle, and the Chief (Matthew Thomas) are now going to smoke the pipe. To the heavens, to Mother Earth and to the four directions. These ceremonies have been going on for thousands of years, honoring our people, Mother Earth, Father Sky and all living things. Thank you. All is well."
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